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Baldwin Public Library

The Baldwin Public Library, located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, is your place to learn, connect and discover. Serving the communities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Beverly Hills and Bingham Farms, Baldwin sees over 285,000 visitors each year.

Stop by the vibrant and active youth room to find books for all ages and stages, toys, video games, DVDs, audiobooks and resources for parents and teachers. Youth librarians host story times for babies and children up to age 5 each week. They also offer a busy calendar of special programs, crafts and book clubs for students, and families.

Teens in grades 6-12 will find everything they need in Baldwin’s Teen Scene, from test preparation materials online and in print to homework help to books, graphic novels and video games. Baldwin hosts weekly programs for teens, including a monthly book club called Pizza and Pages. Students can also earn community service hours by volunteering with the Teen Advisory Board.

Read and enjoy thousands of books and hundreds of magazines and newspapers available in print and electronic formats, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Detroit Free Press, USA Today and Consumer Reports. Learn about Birmingham history by viewing the library’s extensive local history collection, including access to the Birmingham Eccentric from 1878 to the present. The library offers open Wi-Fi access for portable devices. Public computers, scanners, printers and a color copier are also available for use.

When you’re not able to visit Baldwin in person, your Baldwin Library card gives you access to over 70 databases and online newspapers, including Mango Languages, Morningstar, Value Line and online tutorials. Your library card also gives you the opportunity to download or stream e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and movies from Baldwin’s diverse selection of digital services.

Meet other book enthusiasts and expand your horizons by attending one of the library’s many book discussion groups, lectures and workshops. Brush up your skills and learn more about computer software, technology, and the internet in a hands-on computer classes.

Follow the library (@baldwinlib) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit the library’s website ( to see upcoming events, access databases and download digital media. Be sure to sign up to receive monthly updates about upcoming events for youth, teens and adults. You can also manage your account by having hold notices and due-date reminders sent to your email address. Download Baldwin’s Book Myne app to your smartphone to search the catalog, check your account, find e-books and more.

Baldwin’s meeting rooms provide a professional atmosphere for business meetings, seminars and community or educational events. The rooms can accommodate groups of any size, from five to 100 people. Reserve a room by visiting or calling (248) 647-7339.

Adult Services Renovation

The Adult Services area of the Baldwin Library, designed by Gunnar Birkerts and built in the early 1980s, will be renovated during fall 2016 and winter 2017. The renovation, which is expected to last six months, will bring the following enhancements:

• Improved acoustics, energy efficiency, infrastructure, wayfinding and lighting

• More natural light, let in by new exterior windows along the curved wall on the southwest side of the building

• Exposure of the original brick color of the 1927 building

• Transformation of the Birkerts Addition, with furniture, fixtures, carpeting and layout reflecting the modernist style of the space

• More study and collaboration rooms, an updated computer lab, a new makerspace and a new reading room off of the Grand Hall

During the renovation, some materials from the library’s adult non-fiction, DVD, audiobook, music and teen collections will be moved into storage, although the highest-demand items will be made available in the Grand Hall. If you’re unable to locate an item you need, a librarian can arrange for you to obtain it through interlibrary loan.

Visit Baldwin |
300 W. Merrill St. | Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

• Curbside book drop on Bates Street

• Metered parking available. Two hours free parking in Chester Street Deck. Free parking on Sundays

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